In the second to last installment of Studs and Duds we venture to the AFC East division to visit the rosters of the Miami Dolphins, New England Patriots, Buffalo Bills and New York Jets.
- (NE) Tom Brady QB
- (NE) Shane Vereen RB
- (NYJ) Eric Decker WR
- (BUF) CJ Spillar RB
- (NE) Julian Edelman WR
- (MIA) Brian Hartline WR
- (NE) Rob Gronkowski TE
- (MIA) Charles Clay TE
- (BUF) Scott Chandler TE
- (NE) Stephen Gostkowski K
I know his performance last season raised some eyebrows and left his fantasy owners wishing they had taken somebody different, but 2014 will see Brady return to his old self.
The two previous times that Brady finished a season with a touchdown total between 20 and 25 with 11 or more interceptions (2006 and 2009) he rebounded in the following season with at least 36 TD’s and 8 or less interceptions.
With a healthy Rob Gronkowski and Danny Amendola coupled with the off-season signing of Brandon LaFell ,the Patriots WR woes will be no more. Aaron Dobson and Kenbrell Thompkins add talented depth and the threat of Shane Vereen out of the backfield makes this offense scary good.
Trust in Brady in 2014.
Decker left Peyton Manning and the record setting offense of the Broncos, to play in New York.
Most questioned this decision, but he will be the clear cut #1 for the Jets in 2014.
Decker has managed to compile a stat line that greats such as Michael Irvin, Chris Carter, Marvin Harrison and even Calvin Johnson could not.
In his third and fourth seasons (he is entering his fifth) he totaled 2,350 yards and 24 TD’s.
Two of only 4 WR’s to accomplish this since 1982 are Randy Moss and Jerry Rice, I’d say Decker has joined some elite company.
His receptions and total yards only continue to increase each season.
While Peyton Manning is no longer his quarterback, he might not be seeing the same quality of throws, but he will be getting a HUGE increase in targets.
I am pro Vick in New York, however even if Geno Smith starts for the Jets, Decker will still see just as many balls.
I’m expecting Decker to catch over 100 passes in 2014 for at least 1,300 yards and 8 TD’s.
I don’t typically tip my hand, but Decker is HIGH on my radar and should be on yours.
- (NYJ) Geno Smith QB
- (NYJ) Chris Johnson RB
- (NE) Stevan Ridley RB
- (MIA) Lamar Miller RB
- (BUF) Fred Jackson RB
I do think CJ has some effective football left in him, but he is no more than a situational runner at this stage in his career and in this offense.
The Jets are extremely deep at RB (Ivory, Powell, Richardson) and coach Ryan loves a backfield by committee.
Johnson will be productive when called upon but will not get the carries to be a viable fantasy option.
He is worth owning in deep FLEX leagues, as he is always capable of hitting a home run.
But he does not warrant an every day starting roster spot.
- (MIA) Ryan Tannehill QB
- (NYJ) Michael Vick QB
- (BUF) Mike Williams WR
- (MIA) Knowshon Moreno RB
- (NE) Brandon LaFell WR
- (NYJ) Chris Ivory RB
- (BUF) Bryce Brown RB
- (NYJ) Jeremy Kerley WR
- (NE) Aaron Dobson WR
- (NYJ) Zach Sudfield TE
I cannot begin to describe how convinced I am that Mike Williams will have a career year in Buffalo.
Although I am not sold on EJ Manuel, he is a step above Mike Williams’ previous throwers (Freeman and Glennon)
With the drafting of Sammy Watkins (which we will discuss in the NFL Rookies version of Studs and Duds), the departure of Stevie Johnson, emergence of Robert Woods and stability of Scott Chandler, the Bills have quite an intriguing set of pass catchers.
Mike Williams will likely be the #1 WR for Buffalo in 2014.
He will get the targets and has proven to be reliable in Tampa Bay.
He will be entering his 5th season and until his injury last year, Williams was a staple of consistency, averaging 64 Rec, 910 Yds and 8 TD’s per season.
With his athletic ability, and a strong WR corps around him, I am excited to see what Williams does in 2014.
The former Denver Bronco is exactly what the Miami Dolphins needed.
The Dolphins were 29th in the league in rushing attempts, 27th in rushing TD’s and dead last in TD’s from RB’s in 2013 (RB’s only accounted for 6 TD’s).
Moreno managed to score 10 TD’s on the ground in 2013 despite splitting carries and running in a pass happy offense.
He is the back that Miami has needed and will instantly take over the majority of the carries.
He is an elite pass blocker, which means even more time on the field, only increasing his fantasy value.
Coming of the best season of his young career, look for Knowshon to make a huge splash in 2014.
He will prove his worth not only to the Dolphins, but to us Fantasy owners as well.
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